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Arkansas Loves Jeff Koons

Categories: Art + Graphics
Arkansas Loves Jeff Koons

No one ever accused Jeff Koons of thinking small. His outsized sculptures, their matching price tags (and, some say, his weighty ego) have made him the art world’s most prominent name (see more on that here). And this week, Arkansas’ Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, scored big, too, when — Continue reading

Romance for $2.95 from H&M

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Romance for $2.95 from H&M

Who says a novel romantic touch has to cost the earth? H&M Home has taken a page from Roy Lichtenstein’s book with a range of items featuring a comic book-style illustration of an embrace and accompanying fairytale text. This set of paper napkins gets our vote for most romantic $2.95 — Continue reading

A New Visual Identity for Carl Hansen & Søn

Categories: Art + Graphics
A New Visual Identity for Carl Hansen & Søn

Carl Hansen & Søn, the Danish manufacturer of exalted Mid-Century furniture designs by Hans J. Wegner, has a adopted a new visual identity to mark the 100th birthday of Wegner’s birth, and, fittingly, it leads back to Wegner himself. Turns out Wegner designed the company’s logo back in 1950, a — Continue reading

An Australian Beach House that Echoes Sydney’s Opera House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
An Australian Beach House that Echoes Sydney’s Opera House

“I spent a year of weekends drawing the Opera House and realized that the continuity and rhythm of the podium is what makes the sails float and dance…The same strategy is used in this house,” explains Australian architect Alexander Symes, who, along G+V Architecture, conceived of this jaw-dropper of a — Continue reading

Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Suffice it to say that when the great graphic designer, Paul Rand, created a visual identity for the city of Columbus, Indiana, back in 1973, he wasn’t imagining how terrific his ‘dancing C’ would look as a public bicycle rack. But kudos to Columbus for its practical and symbolic application — Continue reading

3D Printed: Studio Macura’s LETI Pendant Light

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
3D Printed: Studio Macura’s LETI Pendant Light

Eindhoven-based Studio Macura, whose Pero 3D-printed bookmark was featured on this site last year, recently sent us photos of a pendant light which also employs 3D printing to novel effect. LETI would be an elegant, if somewhat ordinary, pendant light were it not for the figurine of a woodpecker, created — Continue reading

Scandinavian Minimalism from Denmark’s Menu

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Scandinavian Minimalism from Denmark’s Menu

Followers of Minimalism as esthetic religion always have a host of Scandinavian design studios to look to for inspiration. Denmark’s Muuto, HAY, Normann Copenhagen and Norm Architects are but a few of the contemporary furniture and product design makers currently carrying on the tradition of clean-formed, well crafted home goods, — Continue reading

Gingham, Modernized for the Office

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Gingham, Modernized for the Office

So much for gingham being country cute. Contemporary product designers and artists alike (see here and here) have been induced to co-opt the folksy, grid-based fabric for a range of modernized applications—like this suite of desktop stationery items from Australian brand Country Road. And why not? Geometry and repetition, order — Continue reading

Knoll Classics 15% Off Sale Feb 24-Mar 4: Request Swatches Now!

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Knoll Classics 15% Off Sale Feb 24-Mar 4: Request Swatches Now!

Our Knoll Classics Sale, which comprises furniture designs by Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Florence Knoll, Alexander Girard, Mies vn der Rohe, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, Warren Platner, Jens Risom, and Eero Saarinen, begins on February 24th. But fabric swatches can be requested now. Call our Knoll expert, Allison Kerson at — Continue reading

A New York Landmark Updated by Shigeru Ban

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A New York Landmark Updated by Shigeru Ban

The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, whose most innovative work has been directed toward temporary housing for disaster victims, will be leaving a permanent mark on a landmark New York City building. The 132-year-old Cast Iron House, a downtown Manhattan building with a breathtakingly ornate cast iron facade, will soon have — Continue reading

Designs of the Year 2014: Ultra Light Ripple Table

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Designs of the Year 2014: Ultra Light Ripple Table

A wood dining table that weighs less than 20 pounds is one of the nominees for Designs of the Year 2014, as just announced by London’s Design Museum. Selected as one of 6 nominees in the furniture category was Benjamin Hubert’s super skinny, ultra-light Ripple table, which was launched at — Continue reading

Outside Rotterdam, a Möbius Strip Staircase

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Outside Rotterdam, a Möbius Strip Staircase

Every city suburb should be so lucky as Carnisselande, the Rotterdam suburb for which NEXT Architects have built a mammoth piece of public art that also serves as lookout point. Situated on a hill, the giant Corten steel staircase, from which Carnisselande visitors are offered an unobstructed view of the — Continue reading

Rocking Alternatives to ‘On the Rocks’

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Rocking Alternatives to ‘On the Rocks’

Seeking to redefine the term ‘on the rocks,’ the entertainment products brand SPARQ has proposed some fanciful alternatives to boring ice cubes. Whiskey Rocks, cubed pieces of “non-porous, odorless, tasteless, and food safe” soapstone, just need a stint in the freezer before being plopped in a drink for chilling duties — Continue reading

Stockholm Furniture Fair: Copenhagen Loudspeaker by Vifa

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Stockholm Furniture Fair: Copenhagen Loudspeaker by Vifa

Danish brand Vifa, which has been in the sound technology business for 80 years, is showing a new portable, wireless loudspeaker, named Copenhagen, at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this week—and from the looks of these lifestyle shots, loudspeakers may be the next ‘must have’ item of the new year. Copenhagen’s — Continue reading

Grate News From Blomus

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Grate News From Blomus

Here’s a fine melding of form and function. German design brand Blomus, which already knows a thing or two about handsome cheese graters, recently introduced the Navetta cheese grater/dispsenser—in which a razor-sharp stainless steel grater affixes snugly to an elegant, gently spouted stainless steel bowl. A cheese grater/dispenser that eliminates — Continue reading

Having Words: H&M’s Summer 2014 Catalog

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Having Words: H&M’s Summer 2014 Catalog

H&M Home has released its Spring and Summer 2014 catalog, and it’s clear that the Swedish clothing retailer has quite a lot to say—literally. Across bed linen and candles, shower curtains and children’s decor, words and phrases and numbers and letters abound. Vintage signage, newspaper copy, stenciled numbers, emblems and — Continue reading

Macaron-Shaped Seating from Italy’s Li-Ving Design Studio

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Macaron-Shaped Seating from Italy’s Li-Ving Design Studio

Taking a decidedly playful approach to furniture building, and designed with “a sweet and pleasant moment of relaxation” in mind, Italy’s Li-Ving Design Studio has created a suite of stools crafted to look like macarons. The Makastool, a design comprised of an upholstered ‘sandwich’ atop 4 wooden legs, and available — Continue reading

‘Stay Warm’ Fabric Stationery Designs by SUPERMODULE

Categories: Art + Graphics
‘Stay Warm’ Fabric Stationery Designs by SUPERMODULE

Winter’s frigid hold is not the only reason we’ve cozied up to these uncannily tactile note cards from SUPERMODULE, the San Francisco stationery brand founded by graphic designer David Riofrio. It’s true that his Stay Warm series of plaid and houndstooth motifs are particularly evocative this time of year, but — Continue reading

Orange Crush: Niche Modern Glass Votives

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Orange Crush: Niche Modern Glass Votives

We’re plenty familiar with the preposterously beautiful lighting—hand blown glass Pendants and Mini Pendants—created by Niche Modern. But the New York-based studio’s new line of glass votives has us equally mesmerized. Hand crafted in three distinct styles (Convex, Meridian, and Channel), the diminutive candle holders are being offered in a — Continue reading

Stockholm Furniture Fair: Ginkgo Acoustic Panels

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Stockholm Furniture Fair: Ginkgo Acoustic Panels

It’s safe to say that sound-absorbing panels have come a long way from the clunky, brooding eyesores of yesteryear. At this week’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, Swedish company Blå Stationent will unveil Ginkgo, an artful sound-absorbing system comprised of distinctively shaped individual panels made from hot-pressed 100% polyester felt. The Ginkgo — Continue reading